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The Month of August in History Each Date Illustrated
August 01, this day is the birthday of the Minnesota Bigfoot. According to humorist Howard Mohr, the first known sighting of the Minnesota Bigfoot took place in 1974 at a Southdale store
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was seen buying a pair of cotton cords with a 56-inch waist and 60-inch inseam.
August 02, this day is Dinosaurs Day. In 1841, anatomist Richard Owen presented a paper to the British Association for the Advancement of Science in which he proposed the name dinosaur (from the Greek words deinos [terrible] and sauros [lizard]) for the fossilized reptiles.
August 03, this day is Explorer Day. In 1492, on this day , Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain hoping to find a route to India. Instead, he found the Caribbean islands off
southeastern North America. Columbus thought he had made it to Asia, and called this area the Indies, and called its inhabitants Indians.
August 04, this day is the birthday of Louis Armstrong (1900). Armstrong was the leading trumpeter and one of the most influential artists in jazz history. More than a great
trumpeter, Armstrong was a bandleader, singer, soloist, film star, and comedian. Trivia fans: On New Year's Day, 1913, Louis Armstrong picked up a pistol in New Orleans and fired
it. He was arrested, sent to reform school, and received his first training in music there from Captain Jones.
August 05, this day is Spanish-Only City Day. In 1999, the city council of El Cenizo, Texas, voted to perform all city business in Spanish since well over 75% of its citizens speak only Spanish. El Cenizo thus became the first Spanish-Only city in the United States.
August 06, this day is World Record Cherry Pit Spits Day. In 2000, two Swiss set new world records for cherry pit spitting. Conchita Kohler set the new women's record of 62 feet, 4
inches, while Thomas Steinhauser set the men's mark with a launch of 82 feet, 9 inches. Congratulations, Conchita and Thomas!
August 07, this day is the birthday of Mata Hari. In 1876, Margaretha Geertruide Zelle was born in The Netherlands. She later became a German spy known as Mata Hari (and was shot by a firing squad at Vincennes, France in 1917).
August 08, this day is Nixon Resignation Day. In 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned his office. He was the first president of the United States to resign his office. And, we hope, the
last. Trivia buffs: When Nixon became Vice-President, his mother hung a huge, transparent, 3-dimensional color photograph of Richard in her stairwell. When she pressed a special button, the image lit up.
August 09, this day is the anniversary of Thermopylae. In 480 B.C., an overwhelming Persian force finally defeated a force of 300 Spartans at the narrow pass of Thermopylae in Greece. This battle delayed the Persians enough that they failed in their efforts to conquer Greece.
August 10, this day is Sit in a Tub of Ice Day. During the hottest days of summer, take time to cool off in any creative way that works for you. And boy, has it been hot!
August 11, this day is the birthday of Alcatraz. Alcatraz, the island prison in San Francisco Bay, received its first prisoners on this date in 1934. Alcatraz, which is no longer a prison, was (and probably still is) the best known American prison. Trivia fans: Alcatraz was given its name by a Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala. In 1775 he discovered the San Francisco Bay, mapped it and named one of the islands Isla de los Alcatraces, after the birds that inhabited it -- the pelicans.
August 12, this day is Platinum Audiobook Day. On August 12, 1996, Simon & Schuster Audio announced that sales of the audio version of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Successful People had just hit the one million mark, thus making it the first platinum audiobook seller.
August 13, this day is Hound Dog Day. The original recording of Hound Dog was made by Big Mama Thornton on August 13, 1952. Four years later on July 2, 1956, Elvis Presley made his
recording of Hound Dog at the RCA studios in New York City. Be a hound dog today!
August 14, this day is the anniversary of the Cologne Cathedral. In 1880, more than 600 years after it was started, the Cologne Cathedral in Germany was finally completed. It was begun in 1248. The cathedral's most sacred treasure is the Shrine of the Three Magi, a magnificent gilded sarcophagus thought to hold the remains of the Three Wise Men.
August 15, this day is the anniversary of the Woodstock Rock 'n Roll Festival. Woodstock, the most famous rock 'n roll festival, rocked the world in 1969. It was actually held near Bethel, New York, at Max Yasgur's dairy farm.
August 16, this day is Siamese Twin Day. In 1829, the Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker (two brothers joined at the waist), first arrived in the United States from Thailand (formerly Siam). They each married one of the Yates sisters, Sallie and Adelaide. Eng and Sallie produced 11 children. Chang and Adelaide were almost as productive, with 10 children.
August 17, this day is the birthday of the Soul Train Broadcast. In 1972, Soul Train, hosted by Don Cornelius, had its American broadcast debut. It was a showcase for soul, disco, and dance for R&B acts. Gladys Knight & The Pips were the first act to appear on the show.
August 18, this day is Captive Pandas Day. In 1999, a giant panda gave birth to triplets for the first time in captivity. The three baby pandas were born in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding
Research Center in the Sichuan province in China. Trivia buffs: giant pandas do not hibernate. Instead, they move to lower elevations to keep warm in winter, while traveling to higher elevations in the summer to stay cool.
August 19, this day is Popsicle Trademark Day. Invented by Frank Epperson when he was only 11 years old, he patented the idea of frozen ice on a stick in 1923 and trademarked the name Popsicle in 1924. Thank goodness for Frank Epperson!
August 20, this day is the birthday of Edgar Guest, English-American poet and humorist (1881); H.P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (1890); and Jacqueline Susann, American
romance novelist (1921). Celebrate their special day by reading a favorite book today!
August 21, this day is Santa Fe Pueblo Indian Day. In 1680, the Pueblo Indians took possession of the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, when the Spanish abandoned the city. Santa Fe, the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level, was established by the Spanish in 1605.
August 22, this day is the birthday of Peppermint Patty. In the August 22, 1966, Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown's new love interest, Peppermint Patty, was first introduced to the world. Happy Birthday, Patty!
August 23, this day is the anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad. In 1942, the Battle of Stalingrad began as a thousand German planes began dropping incendiary bombs on the Russian city of Stalingrad. The battle is considered to be the turning point of World War II.
August 24, this day is Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida Day. In 1968, Iron Butterfly released its classic album, Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida. The title of the album apparently resulted from the slurred speech of the main singer. The line should have read: "In the Garden of Eden".
August 25, this day is the birthday of Allan
Pinkerton, (1819). In 1850, Allan Pinkerton founded his detective agency, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency, based on his own
incorruptible principles. Pinkerton became famous when he foiled a plot to assassinate president-elect Abraham Lincoln.
August 26, this day is School Belly Dancing Day. In 1973, the University of Texas at Arlington became the first accredited school to offer a class in belly dancing. Gosh, what took them so long.
August 27, this day is First Kiss Day. On August 27, 1929, Popeye and Olive Oyl had their first kiss in the comic strip Thimble Theater when Olive Oyl planted a big wet one on Popeye's nose.
August 28, this day is Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day. If you have to wait for a software program to open or perform some other action, take the time to race your mouse pointer around an icon. It'll pep you up.
August 29, this day is $4 Million Car Day. In 1999, Christie's International Motor Cars sold at auction a 1937 Alfa Romeo two-passenger 8C 2900b Cabriolet racing car for a record $4,072,500, the highest price ever paid for a used car. The lightweight sports car saw great success in the Mille Miglia Italian endurance race, taking the first three positions in 1936.
August 30, this day is International Red Telephone Day. The hot line telephone communications system, allowing direct communication between the leaders of the United States and Russia, was installed in 1963. The U.S. and Soviet Union agreed to establish the hotline on June 20, 1963. It linked the White House via the National Military Command Center with the Kremlin during the Cold War.
August 31, this day is the birthday of Jonathan
Livingston Seagull. In 1970, the bestseller that started quietly, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, was published to
little fanfare. Ninety-six weeks later it finally rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and ended up selling over